Mr Zulfikar Khayum > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Atkin Chambers
Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


Zulfikar practices across all areas of the construction, engineering, IT and energy sectors in both the domestic and international context. He has experience of dealing with matters in litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation. He has represented employers, architects, contractors, sub-contractors, developers, funders, insurers and others. He has also advised in the context of ongoing major projects in efforts to resolve issues prior to any formal dispute resolution procedure and to provide tactical advice.

Zulfikar has appeared in a number of court and arbitration hearings as junior counsel as well appearing as sole counsel at various applications and hearings, including trial.

He has advised and acted in arbitrations conducted under various arbitral rules and governing laws in different jurisdictions. Recent international arbitration experiences include major hearings in the Bahamas, Singapore, Hong Kong, London and the Middle East.

Zulfikar is also regularly instructed in relation to domestic disputes, recent experiences of which relate to a large dispute concerning construction defects in a waste processing facility, a substantial PFI dispute relating to highways management and joint venture agreement relating to the construction of a tram network.


LLB (Hons); BCL (Oxon). Called 2006.



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Zulfikar KhayumAtkin ChambersA really outstanding junior, easy to work with.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Zulfikar KhayumAtkin ChambersParticularly skilled at highly detailed cross-examination of quantum and other experts.

Middle East: The English Bar > Construction

(Leading juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Zulfikar KhayumAtkin ChambersHe fits in the team seamlessly – absolutely nothing gets past him.

Atkin Chambers‘ members represent elite contractors and leading regional employers in a range of disputes on landmark developments. Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is instructed in disputes concerning flagship aviation projects in the region, as well as energy-related projects. Among the juniors, Rupert Choat – who prior to his return to the independent Bar in 2014 was head of the construction disputes practice at CMS – is active as an arbitrator. A number of contractor mandates are direct access instructions, and the set as a whole is popular with Korean contractors, in particular, active in the Arab world.  Camille Slow and Zulfikar Khayum are two examples of the set’s members who are active in DIAC arbitrations.